Sunday, October 12, 2014

Basic Magic Independent Workshop

I am incredibly happy to announce that I have my magic workshop up and running! Here's the scoop:

Learn simple, basic concepts about sympathetic (correspondence) and ritual magic*. Once you have completed the activities you will have a basic understanding of how to perform several short, simple magical acts.

Topics Covered:
- Candle Magic
- Altar/Prayer Cards
- Herbal Baths/Teas
- Writing for Rituals
- Sigil Magic

This class can be finished in a week by most, but you are heavily encouraged to spend about a week per section -- you have no less than 5 weeks to finish this workshop. This independent workshop is to be completed at your own pace, ask questions as they come to you, submit your finished projects when you are ready.

-=-Registration is ongoing from now until October 31st, 2014-=-

Cost: $35
The cost of the workshop does not cover the cost of materials, which you will gather on your own, in your own time, in which to complete your projects as it is convenient.

To register:
-- send an email to with the subject line "Magic Workshop". Include your name, email address, and a phone number (in case I need to get in touch with you quickly).
-- I will send an invoice to the email address you provide via Square Payments.
-- Once you have paid, you will receive an email from Haiku Learning, my online classroom, that will have your access code and login instructions.

*Magic verses Magick -- Magic without the 'k'? - We live in modern times, living modern lives, and our spelling should reflect that. - Wiccans did not coin the misspelling of magic; Gardner (Wicca's founder) never used a 'k' in all of his writings. - Magic is magic is magic: on a stage, in a coven, at a Grand Lodge ritual, or naked in a forest communing with Nature. In ALL forms it is perception and manipulation (and smoke and mirrors). 

Feel free to spell it in whatever way makes the most sense to you, but just understand that the 'k' does not make Magic more magical :-)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Shamanic Birthworker Programme - A Revisioning

After making my grand announcement about my birthworker programme back in July, I got a lot of requests and feedback. I have spent many hours discussing these requests and feedback comments with some wise souls. It was decided that several changes needed to be made, with accessibility being the focus.
It became obvious that spreading out these workshops over the course of months just wasn't practical for most people, especially for them to keep focused and on task and I agreed. So, the first change is to make this programme into one, long 4-day weekend workshop. Thursday - Saturday would be classes with Sunday being the Nature Solo day. Hopefully, this will accommodate any travellers outside of Pittsburgh who might be interested in attending. *Accessibility of Completion.
The next change is to lower the price from $400 to $300 for the entire programme with a non-refundable $50 deposit to secure your place in the programme. Birthworkers are not made of money and our training and enrichment opportunities should be financially accessible while still adequately compensating our teachers and mentors. *Financial Accessibility.
A lot of people expressed the desire to attend; more than I was prepared for! It became apparent that the workshops needed to allow for more attendants. Things might be a little bit cozy, but we have extended 4 more spaces for a total of 12 possible attendees. This includes 2 tuition-FREE reserved spaces for Birthworkers of Colour (love donations are accepted and appreciated). *Accessibility for a Diverse and greater number of Birthworkers.
Folks expressed the need for more opportunities to attend, which meant that I could not just offer this programme once! This does require that the first programme session be delayed until Spring 2015 to ensure more comfortable weather for the Nature Solo part of the programme. The plan is to offer the programme 4 times in 2015: 1 Spring, 2 Summer, and 1 Autumn (March, May, July, & September). *Accessibility of Attendance.
The last bit of feedback I have considered is a distance-learning option. I am still brainstorming how to make this a reality for folks who can not physically attend for whatever reason. Since there are several hands-on, crafty aspects to this programme, that are integral to this programme, the reality of a distance-learning option will require some extra creativity on my part. It is likely that the distance-learning option will be a shortened and less intense version of the physical programme. I hope to have this option available to roll out the same time that the first programme session is beginning in March 2015. *Accessibility for those at a Distance.
I will be posting an updated information post about the programme in the next month and registration will open after the New Year. In the meantime though, if you are needing a taste of the sacred and some Magic, check out the Basic Magic Workshops starting this Autumn.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shamanic Birthworker Programme Dates

"Triple Goddess" by Susan Seddon Boulet

You will recall from an earlier post, that I was working on some kind of sacred or shamanic Birthworker programme. I am happy to announce that a schedule and workshop dates have been nailed down.
Shamanic Birthworker Programme
A 4-part series of workshops, of experiences, to help guide Birthworkers on a journey into the realm of the sacred, with the goal of providing them tools and information to bring the sacred into their work with birthing individuals and families.
The programme takes place over the course of four weekends: three, 10 hour workshops and one, 8 hour Nature Reflection Solo workshop (4 hour solo + group share & completion certification). Each component is outlined below.